Mississippi - the Land of Elvis and Great Golf Bargins?
Mississippi might not be first on your list when it comes to planning a golf mancation, but Visit Mississippi sent in some information about an awesome Elvis Celebration and a list of some of their great golf courses at bargain prices and I think it deserves another shot!
It’s home to great golf courses, numerous parks, lakes and museums. But the one thing the city of Tupelo will always be best-known for is that it is the birthplace of the King of Rock n’ Roll, Elvis Presley.
This summer, take advantage of all the events and activities unique to the only location in the world where you can see up-close where it all began for Elvis. The two-room, 450 square-foot house where Elvis was born draws more than 50,000 visitors each year from across the world. There’s also the 15-acre Elvis Presley Park, which traces his road to fame with a collection of clothing and personal items.
On Tuesday, August 8, the Elvis Birthplace will hold its annual “Fan Appreciation Day.” And after you’ve seen, touched and felt the birthplace of this American icon, The Hills Region of Mississippi has plenty else to offer, including nearly a dozen quality golf courses within an hour drive. Test your skills in nearby Saltillo, Miss. at the old-style Natchez Trace Golf Club or take on the award-winning Big Oaks Golf Club, which is considered by some to be the best course in all of Northern Mississippi.
For a huge selection of value-laden stay-and-play golf packages in the Hills Region or for more info on packages available in the other regions of the state (The Delta, Coastal, Pines, Capital/River) go to www.visitmississippi.org or call toll-free 1-866-801-8551 to receive a free Golf Travel Guide and suggested play-and-stay itineraries.
Mississippi State Park Golf Courses
Speaking of golf, some of the best values in the Magnolia State can be found at the State Park courses, which feature rates that allow a family foursome to play 18 holes for less than $150.
The Dogwoods Golf Course at Hugh White State Park (www.thedogwoodsgolf.com) is a true nature lover’s course, surrounded by the beauty of Grenada Lake and carved out of the forest. Thanks to its bargain greens fees that start at $36, including a cart, The Dogwoods is known as “America’s Best Bargain.” In fact, one national golf publication ranked it No. 5 on its list of “America’s Best New Public Courses Under $75.”
Also in the Hills Region is Mallard Pointe Golf Course (www.mallardpointegolfcourse.com), which was named as a “Best Place to Play” by Golf Digest and is offering “Recession Relief Rates” of $35 (including a cart) on Mondays-Thursday.
Further south in the Capital/River Region, you will find Quail Hollow Golf Course (www.quailhollowgc.com), located in the alluring Percy Quin State Park. Not only does the course offer a challenge for every skill level and scenic views along the Southern Mississippi countryside, but its greens fees are just $39 (including a cart), seven days a week. To fully experience the historic town of McComb and its local offerings such as tennis or a canoe trip, stay an extra night or two at the affordable Quail Hollow golf villas that have all the modern amenities of home, just steps away from the golf course.
For more information on these courses and for special packages deals log on to www.visitmississippi.org or call toll-free 1-866-801-8551.
Fallen Oak and Beau Rivage - honored by Conde Nast Traveler
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi and its highly acclaimed championship golf course, Fallen Oak, earned a spot in the prestigious Top 80 Golf Resorts in last month’s Conde Nast Traveler magazine.
The rankings were based on the magazine's 14th annual "Reader's Choice Survey," in which thousands of readers cast their votes for the best golf courses and hotels in North America and the Caribbean.
Beau Rivage was ranked eighth among resorts in the Southern United States with an overall average score of 84.5. It earned two 90-plus scores – 90.5 in both Course Design & Access and Golf Staff & Services.
Fallen Oak is exclusive to guests of Beau Rivage, which is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International and resides on the Gulf Coast. The Tom Fazio-designed course was rated the No. 1 "Course You Can Play" in Mississippi and has made a national golf publication's list of "America's Greatest Public Golf Courses." This past spring the course played host to the PGA Champions Tour's inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic and drew rave reviews from professional players, caddies, media and tournament officials.
For reservations and stay-and-play packages visit www.beaurivage.com or call 1.877.805.4657.
- Written by James Hills
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